Jennifer Maritza McCauley, M.F.A., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Literature and Creative Writing,
College of Human Sciences and Humanities
Jennifer Maritza McCauley teaches literature and creative writing in the Literature
program. She received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in prose, and awards
from Best of the Net, Independent Publisher Book Awards, and Academy of American Poets.
She also received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention.
Jennifer received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Florida International University and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Missouri. She is presently a fiction editor at the literary journal Pleiades and was formerly a contest editor and poetry editor at The Missouri Review. Her cross-genre collection SCAR ON/SCAR OFF (2017) was released on Stalking Horse Press.
Areas of Expertise
• Creative writing
• Poetry, fiction, non-fiction
• Hybrid forms
• African American literature
• 20th and 21st century American literature
• Afro-Latinx/Latin American literature
• Latinx/Latin American literature
- SCAR ON/SCAR OFF. Stalking Horse Press. October 2017. (Book)
- “Lost in Montjuïc, After Losing” “Descansar.” Zone 3, Austin Peay State University. May 2020.
- “Fore-Mothers.” Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora, Illinois State University. January 2021.
- “Mama Diaspora,” “Help I’m Fine!” Columbia Journal, Columbia University. February 2020.
- “Afro-Colossus.” The Breakbeat Poets Anthology Volume 4: LatiNEXT, Haymarket Books. April 2020.
- “Blackout/Apagón.” Puerto Rico en mi corazón, Anomalous Press. August 2019.
- “Torsion.” Vassar Review, Vassar College. May 2017.
- “Loriella is Dead.” Academy of American Poets/Poets.org (republished) and Puerto del Sol, New Mexico State University. March 2017
- “Baby Dolls.” The Los Angeles Review. March 2017.
- “But There is Also Rosa.” Passages North, Northern Michigan University. January 2017.
Courses (Current Academic Year)
- Creative Writing
- American Literature
- World/Multicultural Literature
- Literature and Experience
- American Immigrant Literature
- American Minority Literature
Jennifer is a multi-genre writer and considers hybrid forms, short stories, historical fiction, personal narratives and lyric essays a special creative home. Her creative and critical projects currently center on Black women during the American Reconstruction Era, Black Puerto Rican transnational exchanges, and the Afro-Puerto Rican experience in the United States.
Awards and Accomplishments
- National Endowment for the Arts fellowship
- Independent Publisher Book Awards
- Academy of American Poets
- Pushcart Prize Special Mention